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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 156 
ProducerChâteau Pontet-Canet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)031259021591, 087000347663, 3419466144215, 3700446505127

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2039 (based on 161 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pontet Canet on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.5 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 202 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by SteveN100 on 7/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Fantastic fruity nose. Had a bit of a high alcohol taste to it, but not enough to interfere with the other flavors in the glass. Tannins need a bit more time. (1874 views)
 Tasted by kgh on 7/21/2015 & rated 91 points: Dark color and leathery aroma upon pouring. Very nice structure and depth of fruit, with blackberry, cassis, and mineral notes. Tannins still prominent, but should soften and improve with more cellar time. (2514 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 6/28/2015 & rated 95 points: Full bodied and intense, this mouth filling, luscious treat is packed with layer after layer of rich, dark, dense, perfectly ripe fruits, soft, refined tannins and the stuffing and structure to age and evolve for decades. You can drink it now, but I’m waiting another 5 years before I start popping corks. (5261 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 4/13/2015: Quick note from a friends 50th bday party. Such old world structure for days. Rustic frame with dust, saddle leather, spice fruit, ceder box and earth. (8995 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 3/30/2015 & rated 95 points: 2005 Bordeaux Retrospective (Morrell Wine, 1 Rockefeller Plaza): The nose was dark and rich, showing intense red berry, minerals, soil, herbs, cedar and tobacco. Still incredibly youthful on the palate with firm textures moving in dense waves across the senses, giving only a brief glimpse of this wine’s massive dark red fruits, spice, herbal tea tones, minerals and soil. The Ponet Canet’s structure remained in control throughout the finish, yet there’s so much balance and intensity here, hence its potential. (9433 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 3/22/2015: Nose was a bit muted, only showing a hint of red fruits and some oak. Others said it was much better on opening, but with a decant this was underwhelming. Chalky tannins, medium red fruits on the palate. (9169 views)
 Tasted by Doni.Bertolami on 3/9/2015 & rated 93 points: 2005 Bordeaux Tasting: Much riper than the grand puy lacoste and pichon baron that were tasted in parallel. Nose is almost overpowering. Fresher on the palate than you'd expect after the nose. Kicks in quite hefty but them somehow looses the grip in the mid-palate and seem a little hollow. Does not come close to what the pichon has to offer. 98 points seem high and I don't expect a higher rating when Mr. Parker revisits this in April 2015. (9244 views)
 Tasted by JJA on 2/7/2015 & rated 92 points: This was surprisingly backward and reserved. This needs a fair amount of time to breath. Decanting was helpful but what this relatively young wine really needs is time sitting in the glass. (8912 views)
 Tasted by rlove on 1/25/2015 & rated 94 points: Blackberry, liquorice, and minerals on the nose. Flavors of currant and spice in the mouth. Silky, sexy, sweet. Pauillac at its best. Decanted, but didn't need to. Drinking well now. (7748 views)
 Tasted by farinas on 1/6/2015 & rated 90 points: Beautiful color that only Bordeaux seems to achieve. Reticent nose can get some wood spices and occasional a whif of pure fruit. The bottle could be damaged. Palate has heavy set fruit, espresso, dried currants with sticky tannins to last for a long time. Finishes medium with sweet fruit new oak and tannins. (9647 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: 5 Jahre zu früh! Finger weg vom Alkohol ;)

Nach 5-6 Stunden im Dekanter kam ordentlich Frucht durch, hielt sich aber nicht allzu lange. Eindeutige Fruchtvergeudung in diesem Stadium... aber natürlich jammern auf hohem Niveau (8289 views)
 Tasted by OmiyaDrinker on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Dark, purple appearance. Pronounced cassis and vanilla nose. Some sweet spice and cool, blueberry note. A little roasted vegetable. Still very primary. Luscious fruit up front, very silky, with a slight hole in the mid-palate but long finish. Improved considerably on the 2nd day but needs another 5-10 years. (7862 views)
 Tasted by cab blends on 12/6/2014 & rated 89 points: S&E Bordeaux Blend Style Wine Tasting - Blind Tasting (Our home): Classic Tobacco and a dry finish. Good strong tannins 7/10. The scoresheet causes a lower rating that I would do manually - probably 91 for me (8102 views)
 Tasted by Indran Rajendra on 12/3/2014 & rated 97 points: This wine gives up typical pencil shavings blackcurrant black cherries olives spice incense cigar box and eucalyptus notes. It is full bodied and elegant. It is still young and Parker suggests 2017-2040. First pour Coravin. Decantered 1 -1.5 hours. Drunk at 16 degrees C. (9515 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 10/31/2014 & rated 90 points: HDH Bordeaux Auction; 10/31/2014-11/1/2014 (Chicago, IL): From magnum. There's a distinctly Californian feel to this wine, with its jammy dark fruit and slight tinge of sweetness on the palate. There's also a brick wall of tannin, of course, and this is obviously a real baby at this point. Drinking this now feels like punching yourself in the head. Despite the piles of fruit and apart from the tannins, this wine does appear to have some structure, which I hope will be in better display once the overt ripe fruit elements are shed. Not bad, especially for a wine that's such a darling of Parker's. (9855 views)
 Tasted by Lobonick on 10/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Possibly a bit shut down...not as expressive as I expected... but still fabulous. Glad that I have five more... and patience! (9176 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 10/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Dense, thick, double woven, this is a spicy beast PACKED with gobs and gobs of ripe to the last drop fruit on the verge of spoilage (in a good way). Too much going on to pick through and try and describe. In closing I will say, this seems much more like a giant St. Emillion, full of merlot.
This is bold, MUSCULAR, and may be on steroids. Lots of structure to support a long, long, long life. JUST entering APPROACHABILITY, but don't touch it for another 7 years...Ohhhhmmmmmmmm (8236 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 10/25/2014 & rated 89 points: K&L's Grand Bordeaux Tasting (K&L Wine Merchants, Redwood City, California): Excellent nose, but lots of heat (B++). Medium density on the palate (B+/B++).
I think this needs at least another 5 years.... (7970 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 10/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Felt more open than last bottle, but still a long way to go. Hold hold hold. (7649 views)
 Tasted by Romol on 10/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Decanted for 3+ hours. Still very young.
A bit too much acidity for me. This wine has a lot of potential.
I'm sure it will be even better in 5-10 years. (6634 views)
 Tasted by RickyT12 on 10/13/2014 & rated 95 points: Decanted about 2 hours.
Medium to heavy weight. Red licorice, cherry, nice soft cherry nose. Quite dark red color. Great cherry flavors, nice juiciness on the mouthfeel. Acid and tannins strong. A bit of tobacco flavors. Nice light gaminess flavors. A bit of blueberry on the nose. A bit of dust and strawberry flavors. Quite sophisticated flavors, but super young. I am looking forward to trying this wine in 10 years. This should become something really special. (7489 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 10/5/2014 & rated 96 points: The first of the great vintages for Alfred Tesseron at Pontet Canet is starting to show its stuff. Great concentration, soft, refined tannins, a long finish with soft, sweet, lush fruits. As good as this is now, and it is good, it's only going to get better with more time in the bottle... (7738 views)
 Tasted by robertek on 6/20/2014 & rated 91 points: Not offering up much on the nose and the powerful fruit this wine used to have in its young days is now gone. No secondary notas as of yet and its not come together. i Believe this wine is in a bad Place right now and still have hopes for it to come along and be the wine I thought it would be. (11433 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 6/7/2014 flawed bottle: Dinner at C's (Singapore): Second flight. This seemed slightly flawed as I was getting some cardboard on the palate here. Compared to the 09, this obviously does not have the lush fruit (anymore) but the medium tannins have a long way to soften. Wait at least 3-4 years. NR (10784 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 5/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Pontet Canet vertical tasting dinner organized by a local merchant: Dark purple. Reserved nose of earth, cedar wood, some black fruit and pine tree. On the palate medium bodied with a slightly acidic touch and pronounced tannins, a bit drying. Not dissimilar to the 2000. Aroma wise quite linear and restraint, definitely Needs another 5 years here. How will this turn out? Let's see. My guess is good but not outstanding. 92-94 (11593 views)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2010
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) The nose here shows a lot of primary elements here, and is still marked by winemaking at present. The nose is dominated by the aromas of sweet oak, marshmallow and caramel, so it is clearly not a wine that I would recommend open for tasting or drinking now, even those who like to 'take one for the team'. The fruit elements which are currently sitting behind the oak are very dark, with elements of liquorice, but also with brighter although very ripe red fruits, dark cherry and raspberry. Beautiful palate though, glossy but not over the top, lightly creamy and stylish, wonderful style. Complete, harmonious, vivacious but elegant, balanced but structured, the tannins perfectly intertwined with the rest of the wine, the finish composed and complete and long. This is a very remarkable wine, rich and yet poised and light-footed. It needs to be left a very long time - a decade at least, maybe 15 years - but it will be amazing. A wine full of emotion.  19+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2009
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A rather glossy style of fruit here, dark and intensely stylish, shining with black fruit character, dark with elements suggestive of roasted herbs, but the fruit itself is not in any way cooked or hot. Rather there is a very fresh complexity, of liquorice and macerated black fruits. Beautifully defined here on entry, pure and linear, fresh but very rich, and with a very significant presence of tannins. These have a very firm character, masculine and grippy, bright, nevertheless they sit very well with the rest of the wine. A hugely impressive effort that puts much of the rest of the appellation to shame. This wine could really go places, given the right cellar.  19+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/18/2008)
(Château Pontet-Canet) Dark red violet color; sexy, ripe berry and kirsch nose; ripe, plush plum and berry palate, a little extracted; medium-plus finish (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot)  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2007
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Exotic, interesting, spicy nose, full of very dense and perfumed fruit, notes of roast herbs and a layer of cashew nut oak. The palate is very full, a touch creamy, with a lovely composition. Rich fruit, good substance and weight, ripe well covered tannins and a delicious, balanced style. This has great potential. Another success for Pontet-Canet, and a much higher score than my en primeur tasting.  18.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2006
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) CS 70%, M 25%, CF 4%, PV 1%. This has a lovely, dense colour. The nose is perfumed with aromatic floral and mineral character. A middleweight on the palate, showing good structure; there are ripe tannins in abundance, and a full character. This very well made wine does seem a little straightforward and foursquare at present, but it has fine structure and great potential for the cellar. The aromatic complexity on the nose is encouraging. Very good indeed.  16.5-17. points
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Château Pontet-Canet

Producer website – Read more about Chateau Pontet Canet

2005 Château Pontet-Canet

Grand Cru Classe 5th Growth

70% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit-Verdot

Alcohol: 13%

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.


Read more detailed information about Pauillac Looking full onto the river from the earliest days, with an important port activity, traces of which go back to ancient times (shipment of bronze as long ago as 2000 B.C.), Pauillac's life has always been intimately linked to the history of wine. Although port activities were at the root of its prosperity, Pauillac had to wait until the eighteenth century when Bordeaux ceased to hold its privileged position to become a wine port. The town then became the natural outlet for the wine production of neighbouring cantons before reaching its zenith in a period when the vineyards were exceptionally prosperous.

The characteristic of the Pauillac terroir is its exceptional relief: the many undulating ridges make it unique morphologically speaking. Highly favourable conditions facilitate the dissection of the layer of gravel. This thin, Garonne gravel from whose very poverty springs great richness, has an extremely effective natural drainage.

With their velvet red colour with a hint of amber, the wines from the Pauillac appellation, full-bodied and rich in tannin, are vigorous. Powerful when young, their aromas of red fruits (black-currant, raspberry) or flowers (violets, roses, irises) melt with the passing of time into a bouquet which is long in the mouth.
Rich and complex, the wines of Pauillac deserve to be laid down for a little longer.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)

In order to have the right to the Pauillac appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Pauillac and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cissac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Sauveur, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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